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Next Stop--New Zealand

New Zealand Countryside

We’ve already enjoyed our trip to Japan and now, with our Summer Traveling Series, we’re off to New Zealand. Join us as the AAUW’s Travelmania group presents an introduction to the county of New Zealand. You will not only get to see the wonderful sights of this beautiful country, you will also learn about visiting from an experienced traveler.

Plus, you will have a chance to win a $20 gift card from a local bookstore at the end of the presentation. We’ll see you on Monday, June 17th, at 2pm in the Earl Elliott Room. 

Japan Comes to Barbara Bush

Man Writing KanjiWe had our first program from our Summer Travel Series on Monday and it was a ton of fun. Thanks to the Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH) we were able to learn so much about Japan. Kanji, yukatas, origami—it was all covered. Thank you for visiting the library, Mr. Tsuruta!

Also we drew for a $20 gift card to a local bookstore, which was exciting. Don't forget that there are four more programs this summer. That means there are four more chances to win a $20 gift card. Good luck!

Put Those Books Down For a Sec…So You Can Win More Books

Photo Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesAs you know by now, the Barbara Bush Branch Library is hosting an International Exploration Series for adults, where our first stop will be Japan. Did you know though that there will be a door prize given away as well? That’s right. Those who attend the program will be entered to win a $20 gift card for a local bookstore. We’ll draw the name at the end of the presentation and one lucky winner will walk away with the gift card right then and there. How cool is that?

That’s not all. A winner will be picked at all five of our presentations. Check our calendar for all the dates. Don’t you want to be one of the lucky five?

There's No Mystery When It Comes To Our Volunteers

A couple of weeks ago the branch held a party to thank our volunteers. In addition to getting to know one another better, library staff hosted a murder mystery game where literary characters where the suspects. A great time was had by all. To commemorate the occasion we put this video together.

African American Read-In 2013

The Barbara Bush Branch Library would like to thank E.B.O.N.Y. for co-sponsoring the African American Read-In at the Cypress Creek Community Center. A great time was had by all. We hope you can join us next year. Also, thank you to all the authors who came this year to speak:

Crystal Allen, Anna Pearl Barrett, Chester Hicks, Leah Holder, Callie Holley, Ramos Lewis, Bianca Patterson, Byron C. Taylor, Sr., Dr. Cherrye Vasquez and Kelly Vasquez

Program Cancellation

Picture Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesDue to scheduling the presentation by Francis O'Donnell, co-author of "in the Footsteps of Marco Polo," has been cancelled at the Barbara Bush Branch Library. Don't fret though.

Poetry Jam: So Many Ifs

It is time again for another teen Poetry Jam submission. Check out Jeniffer's So Many Ifs. It was inspired by Rudyard Kipling's If. Pretty cool.

If you have trouble viewing this video, then click here.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Tomorrow!

Photo Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesDon't forget that in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the Aldine Branch will be hosting a celebration tomorrow. There will be many things to enjoy like music, crafts, and so much more. The event is free to the public and will run from 10am to 2pm. We hope to see you there!

Local Student Raises Money for the Library

Elodio with his Donation BoxMeet Elodio. He's a student in the area and enjoys coming to the Aldine Branch. He likes it so much that he took it upon himself to raise money for the branch. Lately he has been collecting the loose change he finds and keeping it in an old candy box so that he can give it to the branch once it is full.

When he turned in his first donation we asked him why he was gathering the change for us. He said that he wanted to make sure the "library stays open forever." Also according to Elodio, it is his hope that kids will always be able to come to the library and have fun. We thank you, Elodio, for your efforts. We are glad that we can be here for you.

Aldine Teens Recognized for Innovation

Teen VolunteersThe Harris County Public Library annual report for 2011-2012 has been released and we are proud to announce that the teens of the Aldine Branch Library were singled out for their efforts. The report highlights their 2nd Place finish in the American Library Association's "Why I Need My Library" Video Contest, as well as the branch's participation (spearheaded by the teens) in the Houston Art Car Parade.

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